Posts Tagged: Grading

Why Simply “Saving Teacher Time” is not Enough

When a software company is trying to sell their product to a corporate manager, the salesperson will often say that the product will “save employee time.” The manager’s response is usually “Sure, but will my employees actually get more done because of your product?”  The conventional wisdom is that minutes here and there do not actually add-up to any useful time savings. A process engineer would agree with management – largely because task-switching eats up most of the time saved.  To really improve productivity, the engineer would recommend that the task is effectively … Read More


Should Formative Assessments be Scored and Graded?

Scoring Formative Assessments Often, when I do trainings or demonstrations on how to use the Naiku Platform for formative assessment purposes, I am asked how the assessments are scored and exported to grade books. Essentially, the question boils down to “Should formative assessments be scored and graded?“ This is a good question. However, I am hesitant to answer the question right away. Rather, I often answer the question with another question: “What feedback are you trying to give to your students and yourself when you grade that assessment?” To me, … Read More



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